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How to prevent online identity theft

BT UK has published a brief and straightforward guide to protect online identity. The guide is written in conjunction with CPP, Get Safe Online, Lloyds TSB, Metropolitan Police and Yahoo!

Don’t Be The Next Victim. Read these tips:

Never click on links in emails
Always type the web site (www) address for banks, financial institutions and retail sites into the browser address line or store them using the browser's favourites function.

Look after your password
Do not use the same password for every secure site you are registered with. Avoid standard passwords like a family member's names or dictionary words.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is
Don't open emails or go to sites that claim you have won a prize, unless you've entered a specific competition. If an email looks suspicious and is unsolicited delete it and don't open it.

Question why a website is asking for information about you?
Think about whether it is somewhere or someone you want to give your details to. Only use secure web sites and also use common sense when it comes to phishing emails and web sites

Full ten-point guide to protect online identity [pdf]

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